Cincinnati Chamber appoints 2009 leadership with Messer Construction's Pete Strange as chair

The Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber of Commerce has a new captain at the helm.

Pete Strange, CEO of Messer Construction Co., will be formally established as the Chamber's 2009 chair at the February 17 annual Chamber dinner, to be held at the Duke Energy Center Grand Ballroom.

“With Pete Strange’s business acumen, regional focus and hands-on approach, he is uniquely suited to lead the Chamber at this critical time," says Chamber president, Ellen van der Horst. 
Strange began his journey with Messer in 1968, as a co-op student, and was appointed CEO in 2005. 

In this time Messer has established a stellar reputation, which has earned them a place in the Deloitte 100 for 25 years straight, and the honor of being chosen as one of the elite to make Deloitte 100's list, The Best of the Best.

Alongside Strange, six new board members will also join to help steer the Chamber in 2009:  Chris Carlson, senior VP and chief investment officer, Ohio National Financial Services; Kay Geiger, president, PNC Bank; Julie S. Janson, president, Duke Energy Ohio, Inc. and Duke Energy Kentucky, Inc.; Harold Jones, general manager, Environmental Health and Safety and Lean Six Sigma, GE Aviation; Mahendra Vora, chairman, Vora Ventures; and Jim Wiseman, VP of external affairs, Toyota Motor Manufacturing NA, Inc.

Outgoing Chamber chair Nancy Zimpher will also be honored at the Chamber dinner on February 17.  Zimpher, president of the University of Cincinnati, was the third woman to chair the Chamber since its 1839 founding. 

Reservations can be made by calling the Chamber's Customer Focus Center at 513-579-3111 or emailing [email protected].

Writer:  Jonathan DeHart
Source:  Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber of Commerce

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